Real Estate

La Plata County Real Estate 2019 VS 2020 Predictions
Jan24

La Plata County Real Estate 2019 VS 2020 Predictions

As we head into 2020, we want to take an overall look at the market and where we see it heading into the new year. To do this, we consider last year’s numbers and trends as they continue into 2020. Overall, 2019 was a good real estate year in La Plata County. It was slower during the first two quarters and that was largely due to increased interest rates. During the second quarter rates began to drop and that helped give the market...

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Real Estate in the News
Dec22

Real Estate in the News

This week we have a compilation of real estate news and headlines. Below are some interesting articles we found. Holiday Home Safety: If you plan on traveling during the holidays, take a look at this link for some helpful tips. It’s important to take care of your house and be sure you’ve employed some home safety tips to make it seem like you’re home. Some fun ideas include utilizing apps to control lights when you’re away, as well as...

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November Colorado Association of Realtors Numbers for La Plata County
Dec14

November Colorado Association of Realtors Numbers for La Plata County

This week, we have the latest real estate numbers for La Plata County for the month of November. The attached charts show a detailed breakdown of several market segments in La Plata County, showing La Plata County as a whole, Durango In Town, Durango Rural, Bayfield In Town, Bayfield Rural, Ignacio In Town, Ignacio Rural, and Durango Mountain Area. These charts indicate the statistics and key metrics for single family homes and...

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Real Estate Update: Latest Housing Prices
Dec08

Real Estate Update: Latest Housing Prices

How much is your house worth? What’s the average price of a house right now in La Plata County? How long will a typical house be for sale on the market? Find out more with this update.

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November La Plata County Residential Sales
Dec08

November La Plata County Residential Sales

This week we have the latest numbers from the La Plata County residential real estate market for the month of November. With 84 total sales, it was a slower month compared to November of 2018 (which had 102 total transactions), but it was a comparable number of transactions from several previous years. Year to date, we are at 1,052 total transactions. Last year at this time we had 1,080 transactions; a difference of 28 sales. The...

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Advantages to Selling A Home During the Holidays
Nov24

Advantages to Selling A Home During the Holidays

As the holidays quickly approach, sometimes clients wonder if it makes sense to have a home listed during this time of year. However, there are several reasons it can be advantageous to keep your home listed, despite the craziness of the season. Serious Buyers: If a buyer is spending the weeks around Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas looking at homes, it typically means they are serious about buying. For various reasons, some...

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La Plata County Colorado Association of Realtors Numbers for October
Nov16

La Plata County Colorado Association of Realtors Numbers for October

This week, we have the latest real estate numbers for La Plata County for the month of October. The attached charts show a detailed breakdown of several market segments in La Plata County, showing La Plata County as a whole, Durango In Town, Durango Rural, Bayfield In Town, Bayfield Rural, Ignacio In Town, Ignacio Rural, and Durango Mountain Area. These charts indicate the statistics and key metrics for single family homes and...

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La Plata County Real Estate Transactions for October
Nov16

La Plata County Real Estate Transactions for October

This week we have the latest La Plata County real estate transactions for the month of October. We had 97 total sales, a lower number than last October, which had a total of 106 sales. Year to date, we are at 968 total sales, whereas last year at this time we had a total of 978 total sales. So, while we had a drop in the total number of transactions for the month of October compared to last year, we only see a gap of ten sales year to...

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Maintenance Tips to Winterize Your Home
Nov01

Maintenance Tips to Winterize Your Home

Temperatures are dropping and many years we’ve even had snow in Durango by late October, which means it’s incredibly important to ensure your home is ready for winter. Every late fall we like to send a reminder to our clients with some tips for winter home preparation. Remove hose from spigot. We remind our clients of this every year, but the importance cannot be overstated. When hoses are attached and freezing temperatures occur,...

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Tips to Winterize a Vacation Home
Nov01

Tips to Winterize a Vacation Home

Last week we mentioned ways to winterize homes for our clients who live in winter weather all year. However, many of our friends and clients utilize their homes in La Plata County as vacation homes, and they leave for the winter. If this is the case, there are additional preparations that should be made to ensure a home’s safety through the cold season. Below are some tips we recommend. Turn Water Off: Be sure to turn water off if you...

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Colorado Association of Realtors Numbers for September – La Plata County
Oct12

Colorado Association of Realtors Numbers for September – La Plata County

This week, we have the latest real estate numbers for La Plata County for the month of September. The attached charts show a detailed breakdown of several market segments in La Plata County, showing La Plata County as a whole, Durango In-Town, Durango Rural, Bayfield In-Town, Bayfield Rural, Ignacio In-Town, Ignacio Rural, and Durango Mountain Area. These charts indicate the statistics and key metrics for single family homes and...

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La Plata County Residential Transactions for September
Oct04

La Plata County Residential Transactions for September

This week we have the latest residential real estate transaction numbers for the month of September. With 125 total sales it was a standout month! This was the second highest number of sales for any month thus far in 2019, and also higher than any other September since 2011. Year to date, we are at a total of 871 total sales compared to 872 last year through this time, closing the gap we have seen for much of the year. The median...

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Smart Downsizing and Baby Boomers
Sep29

Smart Downsizing and Baby Boomers

A recent The Washington Post article noted that Baby Boomers are “smart sizing” instead of “downsizing” their homes (https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2019/09/25/older-home-buyers-are-opting-to-smart-size-over-downsize). We have worked with many buyers over the years who are ready to downsize, and we have a few points to consider for what we think of as smart downsizing. Lifestyle communities are a draw for those looking to...

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Townhouse, Condo, or Single Family Home?
Sep20

Townhouse, Condo, or Single Family Home?

With the low interest rates we’ve seen lately, there’s an opportunity for those who thought they were previously priced out of the market to afford a home. Entry level purchases are townhouse or condos, or single family homes. We oftentimes work with buyers considering the differences between each of these options. Sometimes the decision is very simple for particular buyers, as one of these fits a specific need better than the other...

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August La Plata County Real Estate Statistics
Sep12

August La Plata County Real Estate Statistics

This week we have the latest La Plata County residential real estate numbers for the month of August. With 113 total sales, it was a slightly lower month than July, but as we noted last month, July was the strongest month thus far of 2019, so we would expect August to slow a bit. Year to date, we are at a total of 746 sales. Last year at this time we were at a total of 779 total sales. This continues the trend we have seen for much of...

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The Short Shoulder Season
Sep06

The Short Shoulder Season

Last week we mentioned that many of our local schools are back in session, and you may have noticed downtown Durango is a bit quieter now. This is typical for our area—the end of summer and beginning of fall is often considered a “shoulder” season for La Plata County real estate. For the next few weeks (generally until about mid-September), we may see the market slow a bit. Many people are adjusting to school back in session and...

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End of Summer Home Maintenance
Aug23

End of Summer Home Maintenance

School started for many of our local students this week, and with the start of school comes schedules and a change of weather. As homeowners, it’s also time to consider end-of-summer tasks to prepare your home for fall. While the shift from fall to summer in Durango is not as extreme as the shift to winter, there are still several items that should be done to stay on top of home maintenance. Outdoor furniture and appliances: Now is a...

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Colorado Association of Realtors Stats – July 2019 – La Plata County
Aug16

Colorado Association of Realtors Stats – July 2019 – La Plata County

This week, we have the latest real estate numbers for La Plata County for the month of July. The attached charts show a detailed breakdown of several market segments in La Plata County, showing La Plata County as a whole, Durango In-Town, Durango Rural, Bayfield In-Town, Bayfield Rural, Ignacio In-Town, Ignacio Rural, and Durango Mountain Area. These charts indicate the statistics and key metrics for single family homes and...

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The Wells Group Client Appreciation Event—Saturday!
Aug16

The Wells Group Client Appreciation Event—Saturday!

This Saturday, August 17, is our Wells Group Client Appreciation event, and it’s one you won’t want to miss. We will be showing Angry Birds 2 and The Art of Racing in the Rain. Shows start at 8:30am, and doors open at 8am. Each person who brings school supplies for Durango School District 9R will even receive a $5 voucher for concessions! We are thankful for all of our clients who make our business possible. We hope you have a chance...

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La Plata County Residential Transactions for July
Aug09

La Plata County Residential Transactions for July

We have the latest La Plata County Residential Real Estate numbers for our blog this week, and it was an interesting month! With 132 total sales, this is the highest number of sales we have had for any month thus far in 2019. Also, this July is higher than any July since prior to 2011! Year to date, we are at 633 total sales compared to 649 total sales last year at this time. While July was a strong month, we still haven’t exceeded...

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